Thursday, June 16, 2016

Marvel Preview #8 / Legion of Monsters - Mike Ploog art


Marvel Preview v1 #8 presents Legion of Monsters, 1976 - Rampant hallucinations follow a man who accidentally careens into a female pedestrian. In one of Mike Ploog's most horrific efforts, figures ooze and drip callously amidst their swamp surroundings. The interlocking tree branches in the first scene (see interior page below) seem to suggest a broken windshield pattern. Several of the more violent scenes are further heightened by the artist's menacing brushwork, aided by Marie Severin's skillful washes. With this tale, Ploog proves himself to be a master of the horror genre. Other artists in this issue include Val Mayerik, Vicente Alcazar, Dave Cockrum, John Warner, Gene Colan, Sonny Trinidad and Ken Barr (cover). This is number 1 of 1 Marvel Preview issues with Ploog art and/or covers.
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"The Reality Manipulators" Ploog story pencils and inks 11 pages (black and white)  = ****

Mike Ploog
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1 comment:

  1. Love the smashed windscreen analysis. Comics are such rich sources of visual analogies that I find myself reading slower and slower as I get older. It takes a while for me to turn each page.

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